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Whether you’re looking for a last minute treat to add to your Easter table, or just want to celebrate the return of spring, here are some fun and festive ideas to make or bake:

Edible Flower LollipopsFlowers in Pot CookiesButterfly Cupcakes

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The interwebs once again are full of  wonderful distractions. Some stories piquing my interest include a new take on a children’s classic, origami, learning more about my iPhone’s camera, and getting inspired by a neuroanatomist’s first-hand experience of stroke :

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It’s getting around that time of year again, when the holidays start creeping up and descend upon you before you know it! My big project for this month is focus on keeping myself from eating the stockpile of candy I’m building for the trick or treaters so I won’t get caught having to run to the store midway through the night on Halloween, but if I were to do it up right, here are a few Halloween tricks I’d like to have up my sleeve:

Wreath made of candy cornFelt table runner cut to resemble a spider webCutout paper and candles create spooky shadows
Illustrated sea turtle image

Click here to print the July 2011 calendar and bookmark

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The previous compilation of stuff to make from t-shirts being my number one post to date, here are a few more ideas of how to turn old or freebie t-shirts into something other than rags:

t-shirt refashioned into a shrugShirt created from restyling t-shirtsT-shirt dress inspired by Prada
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While we’re working toward a more minimalist lifestyle here at the casa, I’m also not about to start chucking stuff into a landfill to make that happen. So I’m always looking for ways to keep what we do have neatly organized until I can find a new way to repurpose it. Here are a handful of great do-it-yourself projects for keeping stuff organized from around the web that are on my to-make list:

Wall mounted spice rackAccessory organizer
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Time to replace the winter gloves with garden gloves and the snow shovel for the spade! For Chicago at least, folklore has it that once Mother’s Day passes we can begin putting some plants in the ground. Whether your garden is in a backyard, a rooftop, or a windowsill, here are some great gardening projects to check out:

Mini greenhouse made from a 2-liter soda bottle Japanese moss ballsCreating a tiny terrarium in a light bulb
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May 2011 calendar and bookmark Happy May Day! It seems spring might actually be upon us here in Chicago. There are buds on the trees and magnolias in bloom, and the sun is actually out.The May calendar and bookmark was designed by special request for a “spring showers/rain/water sort of theme”. It reminds us that the spring showers sure to dampen the coming days are necessary for the wonderful explosion of colorful flowers on the way (now only if those rainstorms could happen overnight…).


  1. Print on heavy weight paper (e.g. cardstock)
  2. Trim 1/4″ off right edge of page, then cut along dashed between calendar and bookmark
  3. Fold bookmark in half and glue both sides together; for additional panache, punch a hole at top, and add a ribbon or tassel of your choice
  4. Hang your calendar, find a good book, and enjoy!

Taking inspiration from all the fuss about the royal wedding across the pond next week, here are six ways you too can feel like royalty. Alert your staff and servants to get working on these ideas so you can recline on your throne whilst eating bonbons and watching Will and Kate tie the knot:

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Since it’s still too early to do more than plan the garden, those fluffy bunnies in the yard are still cute and adorable. So until they become flower-mowing varmits, this weekend project post will celebrate them (although I suspect that if any of these crafts are still around my house in the summer I may be burning them in effigy or using them as voodoo dolls). It is the year of the rabbit after all…

Mini knitted stuffed bunniesnapkin origami; bunnyBunny shaped pancakes
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